Second Half Slump Leads to Loss against Northland
NEW ULM, Minn. - The MLC men's basketball team held an eight-point halftime lead, but was outscored by 16 points in the second half in a 79-71 loss to Northland Saturday.
The Knights were clicking offensively in the first half despite foul trouble to starters Galen Holzhueter and Josh Danell, shooting 53.1 percent from the field as a team on the way to a 39-31 halftime lead.
The second half would be a different story, as MLC shot 12-35 (34.3 percent) from the floor after the break while Northland went 14-25 (56.0 percent).
MLC still held a 53-44 lead with 11:57 to play in the game after a jumper by Todd Brassow, but the Knights would go the next 10:20 scoring only one field goal, allowing the Lumberjacks to turn a nine-point deficit into an eight-point lead at 69-61 before Luke Rothe finally ended the drought with a jumper with 1:37 to play.
Northland had a big night from beyond the arc, making ten three-pointers and shooting 38.5 percent despite shooting 27.1 percent from distance on the season coming into the game. Carnell Sheppard led the way for the Lumberjacks with 27 points and shooting 5-9 from three-point range.
Rothe finished as the Knights' high-scorer with 21 points, but starters Justin Eternick, Holzhueter and Danell were held to 15 points combined thanks in part to foul trouble for much of the game. Brassow led the bench effort with a career-high 12 points.
With the loss, MLC dropped to 2-14 on the season and 1-4 in the UMAC, while Northland improved to 1-13 overall and 1-4 in league play.
The Knights will return to action on Friday, January 25, when they host Minnesota-Morris for a game scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.